Meridan State College

Three reasons to choose us

  1. ​​​​​​Learn in state-of-the-art facilities with highly qualified teachers and student support staff​
  2. Choose from a wide range of academic, creative, sports and vocational programs combined with exciting extracurricular activities and experiences, including Surf Awareness for international students
  3. Enjoy the benefits of living in a safe, family-orientated community with an experienced EQI homestay families

Principal's welcome

​We take great pleasure in welcoming international students to Meridan State College (SC), the proud recipient of the Queensland School of the Year Award at the Excellence in Education Awards, 2015

Meridan SC consists of three sub schools that provide a structured, quality education and seamless transition through the different phases of our students’ learning.
Our curriculum mission is to empower students with the confidence and capacity to enrich the communities and cultures of the future. Excellence in the teaching of literacy and numeracy is a major focus, and the College has introduced Master Classes for high achieving students and Programs of Excellence for those with an aptitude for dance, music, Italian and sport.

Ensuring our students are skilled and prepared for the future is key to our teaching programs, and student learning is enriched through the use of an extensive range of electronic devices.

While Meridan is very much a school of the future, we place great importance on 'old fashioned' values, such as good manners, considerate behaviour and pride in our College and ourselves.  We have an unrelenting focus on high expectations and supporting students to achieve their potential in a safe and happy environment as they transition through the years of schooling from Prep to Year 12.

Meridan’s dedicated teaching staff and experienced international team look forward to supporting and guiding you to ensure your time at Meridan State College is filled with success and happy memories.

School overview

Number of students

Year school established

School website

We pride ourselves on providing a quality education for all our students from Prep to Year 12. Our students are grouped into 3 sub-schools—primary, junior secondary and senior secondary students—​and we are proud to be a recipient of the Queensland School of the Year Award.

We take great pleasure in welcoming international students and offering them all a catered, personalised program with a dedicated support structure in place.

We offer a varied curriculum presented in exciting and meaningful ways using real-life experiences, contemporary resources and technology.

We are located at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast just over a 1-hour drive to Brisbane and only 3.6 ​km to some of the most beautiful beaches and surf on the Sunshine Coast.

EQI programs offered

High School
High School Study Abroad
Primary School

Special programs

  • International Marine Science program
  • International UQ University Coral Watch Ambassador program
  • Aquatic practices
  • Sports and outdoor recreation
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Hospitality
  • Film, media and television
  • Industrial technology and design
  • Business and information technology
  • Creative arts, photography and graphic design

Extracurricular activities

  • International Aussie Adventure program including our Learn to Surf program
  • Dedicated weekly international English as a Second Language/Dialect (ESL/D) classes
  • Day trips to Australia Zoo, Brisbane and Byron Bay
  • Travel opportunities each term to locations such as Cairns, K'gari (Fraser Island), Tangalooma Island Resort and Lady Elliot Island on the beautiful Great Barrier Reef
  • Music tuition, concert band
  • Photography club, art club
  • Multiple sporting options
  • Aquatic swimming pool directly opposite Meridan State College

School facilities

  • Indoor sports performance centre with two full-size basketball courts and gym
  • Tennis courts
  • Performing arts centre encompassing dance studio
  • Two school ovals
  • Commercial grade hospitality kitchens
  • Resource centre equipped with our IT help desk
  • Two science buildings with 8 science labs
  • Two industrial tech buildings complete with engineering and construction workshops
  • Bring your own device (BYOD) program
  • Online learning
  • Dedicated international room with cooking facilities

Tertiary pathways


  • ​Italian, and other languages such as French or Spanish,​ can be negotiated upon enrolment

Homestay and accommodation

By living with an Australian host family international students become part of the local community and have a fantastic opportunity to practise their English in a safe and caring home environment.

Students have their own bedroom with study facilities, three meals a day, and access to transport to and from school, and to school activities.

Read more about homestay and accommodation options.

Holiday adventure programs

Holiday adventure programs are an exciting and safe way for students to travel and sightsee during school holidays.

All holiday adventures are fully guided and escorted by qualified teachers and staff to ensure student safety.

Find out more about our holiday adventure programs.

Contact details


The information and data in this webpage is subject to change without notice. Before submitting your application, if you are interested in:

  • a particular subject, sport, program or extracurricular activity offered by an EQI school; or
  • particular school facilities;

please contact EQI or the school directly to confirm it will be offered and/or available in the year you intend to study.

Last updated 29 May 2023